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Bene Arte

Launched in 2014, Tenebrae presents its own label: Bene Arte (Tenebrae Records Ltd.), an anagram of the choir’s name, established exclusively to record the choir and associated artists. Releases on Bene Arte, an imprint on Signum Records, aim to marry well-known works alongside less-familiar repertoire, allowing listeners to discover choral music which resonates with Nigel Short and Tenebrae. Tenebrae has recorded a wide range of repertoire, enhancing its reputation as one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles. Through Bene Arte, donors are able to support Tenebrae’s recording projects, furthering the work of the choir and allowing the ensemble to expand their artistic output

Tenebrae’s highly-acclaimed recording of Russian Orthodox music, Russian Treasures, the first release under Bene Arte, received glowing reviews – described by The Times as “phenomenal” – and reached number 1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart. This was shortly followed by a “hypnotically pure” (The Observer) recording of Medieval Chant and Tallis Lamentations from Tenebrae Consort – an exceptional group of musicians handpicked for their focus on repertoire originally written for consort performance.

Recent releases include A Very English Christmas featuring traditional carols, festive favourites and newer Christmas pieces all by English choral composers, together with Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars, an album of new works and arrangements exclusively by Bob Chilcott, and a selection of part songs from the British Isles, Music of the Spheres which is nominated for a Grammy.

Music of the Spheres – Part Songs of the British IslesBuy Now

Music of the Spheres – Part Songs of the British Isles

Tenebrae brings you the glories of part song ranging from exquisite miniatures about the natural world and human experience to complex masterpieces marrying text and song.

Release Date: 30 September 2016

Record Label: Bene Arte

This choir’s great strength is their utterly unimpeachable blend, their clear intonation and their unflinchingly musical approach to their texts. Those qualities are all on display at their very finest here, with a richly rounded sound that you’ll struggle to hear bettered elsewhere, helped by a glorious recording in the acoustic of All Hallows Church, which fits them like a glove.

MusicWeb International
Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars – Songs and arrangements by Bob ChilcottBuy Now

Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars – Songs and arrangements by Bob Chilcott

Tenebrae Consort is delighted to present a superb collection of Chilcott’s original works and arrangements, exploring the richest of styles, scorings and moods. Enter this world of choral song though the ages in all its guises, and be enchanted.

Release Date: 05 February 2016

Record Label: Bene Arte

This album may be new repertoire for the group but in many ways it’s classic Tenebrae – faultless tuning, perfect blend, pure soprano sound, all beautifully recorded.

Gramophone Magazine
A Very English ChristmasBuy Now

A Very English Christmas

Revel in the yuletide spirit with this wonderful collection of repertoire that provides a musical breath of fresh air at Christmas, heralding the extraordinary talents of some of the most dedicated and less well-known individuals from English choral music.

Release Date: 16 October 2015

Record Label: Bene Arte

Sumptuous performances, and perfectly judged sound

BBC Music Magazine
Medieval Chant and Tallis LamentationsBuy Now

Medieval Chant and Tallis Lamentations

The timeless beauty of the simple, melodic and rhythmic inflections of chant has captivated listeners for around a thousand years. This recording of medieval chant is complemented by one of the most poignant and intense polyphonic settings of a sacred text, Tallis’ Lamentations.

Release Date: 10 March 2014

Record Label: Bene Arte

Tenebrae officiate, transforming their listeners from an audience to a congregation.

Record Review, Building a Library, BBC Radio 3
Russian TreasuresBuy Now

Russian Treasures

Russian choral music has been a feature in Tenebrae’s concert performances since the choir’s inception. Russian Treasures delivers a special and heartfelt tribute to the music of these great composers.

Release Date: 13 January 2014

Record Label: Bene Arte

Tenebrae is unbeatable… Tenebrae is the current master of the Russian sound.

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